How Can I Know God?

You Were Created To Know God

Our Creator God has placed a need in us to know and be known by Him.  This need can only be satisfied by a personal relationship with Him.  Human beings attempt to fill this need for love, acceptance, and purpose in many ways in their life, but only God can fill the longing.

In the beginning, Adam and Eve enjoyed a perfect relationship with God.  They spoke with God face-to-face, and were not afraid.

God loves you.  His greatest desire is that you have a personal relationship with Him.

The Problem

God wants us to know Him, but there is a problem.  There is a barrier between us and Him caused by sin.  Sin is self-willed rebellion against God.  It is falling short of God’s standard of righteousness.  God’s holiness and justice require that sin be punished.

The Bible tells us that all have sinned (Romans 3:10, 23), and the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23).

Sin entered into the human condition when Adam and Eve deliberately chose to disobey their Creator.  The consequences of their sin affected not only them, but their descendants – us.  The relationship with God was broken.  The entire human race was separated from God.  There was spiritual death and fear.

We sin everyday.  Have you ever lied?  Have you ever wanted or taken something that wasn’t yours?  Have you ever hated someone?  These are sins, and they separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2).

God Is Not Mad At You

Even though we sin, God is not mad at us.  God is a loving Father, and His heart is set on restoring the relationship that was lost.  He offers us a remedy for our sin problem and extends His goodness to us.  He tries repeatedly to get our attention, drawing us to Himself so that we might eventually find our way back to Him.

If we don’t seek Him or His ways, we will live apart from Him and His goodness not only in this life, but for all eternity.  The Bible describes it as an eternity in darkness and torment, with no hope, joy, or love.

God Proves His Love

God loves us so much, He doesn’t want anyone to experience permanent death.  He knew that we would never be able to pay the penalty for our sins and that we could never be good enough to attain to His standard of righteousness.  Scripture declares that life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11), and without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22).  So God devised a rescue plan for us before Adam and Eve ever sinned.  He would send His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for us by the shedding of His blood on the cross.  Through Christ’s sacrifice, we would be freed from the power of sin and receive God’s forgiveness.

The Good News of the Gospel message is summed up in John 3:16,17.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him”.

Jesus Christ is God.  He is the eternal Son of God, coequal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

God loved us so much that He paid the penalty for our sins.

Jesus Christ – God’s Rescue Plan

Without ceasing to be God, Jesus Christ humbled Himself and came to earth to live as a man.  He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles.  He was rejected and crucified on a cross.  Christ voluntarily laid down His life for us.  On the cross He bore the sins of the whole world, then accepted the punishment for sin that should have been ours.

Christ died and was buried in a tomb.  Three days later, He rose from the dead, and over the next few weeks, was seen by over 500 of His followers.  His resurrection proved His deity, and also proved that His sinless sacrifice had satisfied God’s justice.  Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, the barrier between mankind and God was removed.  Christ conquered sin and death so we could truly live. This was God’s plan from the beginning.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6).  Salvation is only through Christ (Acts 4:12).

God Offers You His Gift Of Salvation

Only through Jesus Christ does God offer the remedy for sin.  He is the only way to be saved from eternal death and receive forgiveness and eternal life.

God is inviting you to come as you are (Isaiah 1:18), and receive His gift of salvation (Romans 6:23).

He wants you to surrender your life to Him.  You won’t have to die for your sins; the price is already paid.  He asks that you believe in His Son, turn away from your sins, and invite Him to be Lord of your life.  When you do that, you will be inviting His transforming love into your life.

Ephesians 2:8,9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast”.

How You Can Know God

  1. Admit Your Sin – Confess that you have done things that are wrong and that you need forgiveness.  “…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). “…repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).
  2. Recognize You Can’t Save Yourself – If we could save ourselves, Jesus’ death would not have been necessary.   No amount of good works will earn us salvation.  “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
  3. Acknowledge That Christ Paid For Your Sin – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  “…Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31).
  4. Accept Christ as Your Savior and Lord – “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9,10).

You can receive God’s gift of salvation right now.  Don’t wait until tomorrow, for you don’t know what tomorrow will bring (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13-16).

Pray a simple prayer like this from your heart:

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I need a Savior.  I believe You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to pay for my sins on the cross, and that You raised Him from the dead.  Jesus, I now turn from my sin and invite you to be my Savior and Lord.  Come into my heart, forgive my sins, and save me, Lord Jesus.  I believe I am now born again and have Your life inside me.  Thank You!  In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

God’s Word declares that you now have eternal life.  You have become a child of God and a member of His family.  God wants you to have assurance that you are born again and have been forgiven of your sins.  Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (John 5:24).

What’s Next?

In obedience to Christ, identify with Him in baptism.

In the New Testament, believing on Christ and being baptized in His name go hand in hand.  Water baptism alone will not save you.  However, it is an essential part of claiming your salvation.  The New Testament practice is baptism by immersion.  It signifies that the believer, having died with Christ, is buried with Him in baptism and is raised with Christ to walk in newness of life.  Please consider this verse:

“…Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

Get connected to a good church – one that follows what’s in the Bible. 

The New Testament pattern is always that believers worshipped and served God together as a community.  They gathered together in Christ’s name for the teaching of Bible doctrine, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and fellowship.  They reached out to lost people with the Good News about Christ even as they encouraged and supported one another within the church.  Being part of a local church is a necessity to help you grow in your relationship with Christ and other believers (Ephesians 4:11-16).  Scripture warns that it is dangerous for believers to forsake the assembling of themselves together (Hebrews 10:23-25).

Most churches have a doctrinal statement on their website.  Check it out before you become part of a church.  For a list of important beliefs that are found in the Bible, see Our Beliefs.

Read the Bible daily.

The Bible is the inspired Word of God.  It reveals God and His plan of salvation through Christ, and also provides practical instruction for how God wants us to live.  Jesus compared God’s Word to nourishing food (Mathew 4:4).  A good place to start reading would be the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament.  Ask the Holy Spirit who has been given to you to help you understand what you are reading.

Obey what you know God is saying to do.

We are to be do-ers of God’s Word, not forgetful hearers who have deceived ourselves (James 1:22-25).  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you obey.

Pray – Talk to God – Listen to God.

Talk with God as you would a close friend. Tell Him when you’ve done something wrong and are sorry
(1 John 1:9).  Thank Him for what He has done.  Ask Him to help you when you’re angry, sad, scared, or worried (Philippians 4).  God always hears when His children talk to Him.  He promised never to leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Tell others about your decision for Christ, and what God has done for you (John 20:21).

This is God’s plan to build His kingdom and bring salvation to the world.  He uses us.

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation.”
 
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  1. Diane Morris  March 4, 2015

    Thank you Wendy for this teaching on Getting To Know God. This text was so refreshing and encouraging, reminding myself that I don’t have to struggle with sin and forgiveness. I am born again and Holy Spirit filled. I’m not as passionate about reading scripture as spending time with God in prayer and meditation. I just seem to make excuses before my day starts and before my day ends. My sister is very ill with lung cancer. Chemo exc, please pray for our family.

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  March 4, 2015

      Diane, thank you for your comment and prayer request. I will certainly pray for your sister and family. Regarding your comment, a great Scripture to meditate on is John 8:31-32. “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” The truth of God’s Word sets us free from wrong thinking. Jesus “paid it all” so we could be forgiven and set free from the power of sin. What a wonderful Savior!

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